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Exploiting supplier innovativeness through knowledge integration
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production. (Industriell ekonomi)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8238-034X
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden .
Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden .
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Technology Management, ISSN 0267-5730, E-ISSN 1741-5276, Vol. 61, no 3-4, p. 237-253Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Firms are increasingly involving and relying on networks of suppliers and other external partners in their innovation processes. A successful exploitation of suppliers' technology and competencies is however challenging, not least in situations characterised by technological uncertainty. The main purpose of this study is to analyse how supplier innovativeness may be leveraged through internal knowledge integration capabilities in involving suppliers. The analysis is based on a survey of firms in Europe and North America. The study shows that innovative suppliers do contribute to a firm's innovation performance in terms of time–to–market and level of innovation in products/services. The main result is that an internal knowledge integration capability in terms of proficiency in supplier management and cross–functional decision making boosts innovation performance, in particular when technological uncertainty is high.

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2013. Vol. 61, no 3-4, p. 237-253
Keyword [en]
supplier innovation, sourcing, knowledge integration, purchasing proficiency, cross–functional decision making, technological uncertainty, innovation performance, supplier innovativeness, innovative suppliers, supplier management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-13107DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2013.052669ISI: 000318586700003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84875643703OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-13107DiVA, id: diva2:556812
Available from: 2012-09-26 Created: 2012-09-26 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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